The Pussy Riot Trial - Madonna Speaks Out!

07 August 2012 by

Demonstrators protesting for the release of Pussy Riot

In this week's issue of Grazia magazine (out now. Go and buy it. We'll wait here until you have. *waits* OK, got it? Great. We'll continue then), we've reported on the punk band who look set to bring down Russia - Pussy Riot. And now, Madonna has waded in with a call to the Russian government that the trio be freed soon.

Just to get you up to speed, a fortnight before Putin's return to presidency last March, punk band Pussy Riot (formed of three young women, anti-Putin we should add, and often in nu-rave attire) took to the front of Moscow's main cathedral to sing: "Virgin Mary, drive Putin away!" in Russia during a service.

The three women were promptly arrested and spent the subsequent five months in custody on various charges of hooliganism. Which, in Russia, is how the legal system works.

As stories go, it's been a slow burner. That is until the celebrity world took note. First came Sting and the Red Hot Chili Peppers whose frontman, Anthony Kiedis, performed in St Petersburg wearing a Pussy Riot T-shirt. And now Madonna has jumped on the bandwagon. During this week's tour of Russia, the pop star told the Associated Press: 'I'm against censorship so I hope that the judge is lenient with them and they are freed soon.' It wasn't quite the formidable reaction we expected or perhaps were after, but still - it's Madonna. So...

The whole case appears to have reached a stalemate. Putin has said he'll be lenient on them, but given that 99% of the population are behind them (unofficial figures, but you get the point), it seems ludicrous that they still face seven years in prison if convicted. We benefit from freedom of speeck in the UK, a simple democratic right. Given they've apologised to church-goers already, their actions hardly warrant any conviction, let alone seven years in prison.

What happens remains to be seen, but we'll keep you updated on events surrounding the case...


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